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Friday, February 22, 2019

State rep 'blown away' over billing practices of child services

A lawmaker who chairs the House Child and Family Law Committee said he was “blown away” to find out that the state bills parents who receive help from the state for their children, charging for everything from foster care to expensive incarcerations at the Sununu Youth Services Center.

On Sunday, the New Hampshire Sunday News reported the long-standing practice of billing families. Nearly 4,000 accounts are active, and three parents spoke of receiving bills they had not expected when they agreed to services such as Children in Need of Services (CHINS).

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Boy isolated 400 days: Manitoba urged to end long solitary confinement for youth

Manitoba’s children’s advocate is urging the province to stop lengthy solitary confinement of youth in custody after a review that found one boy was isolated for 400 straight days in a cell no bigger than a parking stall.

Daphne Penrose and provincial ombudsman Marc Cormier jointly investigated the use of solitary confinement, segregation and pepper spray in Manitoba’s youth jails.

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Migrant Youth Go From A Children's Shelter To Adult Detention On Their 18th Birthday

When migrant children cross the border without their parents, they're sent to federal shelters until caseworkers can find them a good home. But everything changes when they turn 18. That's when, in many cases, they're handcuffed and locked up in an adult detention facility. The practice is sparking lawsuits and outrage from immigrant advocates.

Last spring, a 17-year-old girl named Lisseth made the treacherous journey from El Salvador to the Texas border and asked for asylum. She says she fled sexual predators in her hometown. As an unaccompanied minor, she was sent to the United States' largest federal youth shelter, called Homestead, near Miami. She described life there as regimented and dehumanizing.

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The US adoption system discriminates against darker-skinned children

When it comes to adoption, Americans might assume that each child is treated equally. But research shows that darker-skinned children are repeatedly discriminated against, both by potential adoptive parents and the social workers who are charged with protecting their well-being.

Social workers are often called upon to assess a newborn’s skin color, because skin color influences potential for placement. As a 2013 NPR investigation found, dark-skinned black children cost less to adopt than light-skinned white children, as they are often ranked by social workers and the public as less preferred.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Former foster dad accused of inappropriate contact with children released from jail



A volunteer softball coach and religious volunteer is facing serious charges related to molestation allegations.

Jerry Oubre was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail Thursday on sexual battery and indecent behavior with juveniles charges. Both charges are felonies.

More >> Former foster dad accused of inappropriate contact with children released from jail

Almost 100 children died last year in cases involving DCFS

A total of 98 children died last year in cases involving the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, according to the Office of the Inspector General.

This more than 200-page report documents almost 100 children who died after some kind of connection to DCFS.

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The Trump administration keeps breaking up migrant families. Here's how they do it

The Trump administration has been blocked from systematically breaking up migrant families, but hundreds of children crossing the border continue to be separated from their parents in a process requiring none of the oversight used to removechildren in the United States from their homes, according to a USA TODAY review of the system.

Separating a child from a family in most communities requires a child welfare specialist and involvement of the judicial system, often with a judge scrutinizing the case for months or even years.

More >> The Trump administration keeps breaking up migrant families. Here's how they do it

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty in Rape and Murder of Girlfriend's 14-Year-Old Daughter


Over two years after a Pennsylvania teenager’s dismembered body was found by hunters in October 2016, her mother’s boyfriend has pleaded guilty.

Jacob Sullivan of Horsham, 46, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of 14-year-old Grace Packer, according to the Associated Press, KYW News and the Bucks County Courier Times.

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Vt. Supreme Court hears Herring appeal

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Whether Jody Herring will get the chance at parole one day is now in the hands of the Vermont Supreme Court.

The court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Herring’s appeal of her murder convictions.

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Manitoba to look at connection between youth incarceration and child welfare

Manitoba is taking a hard look at youth justice and its connection to child welfare after a study found more than half of kids incarcerated had also been in care.

Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced Friday that the province will review why youth are bouncing between the two systems without having positive outcomes.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

New bill would require DCFS to check homeschooling houses for signs of abuse

A Southern Illinois representative wants to require DCFS to investigate homes where kids will be homeschooled for signs of child abuse.

Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) introduced House Bill 3560, which would require a child protective services unit of DCFS check homes for signs of child abuse or neglect after a home-school registration form is submitted. After the investgation, the State Board of Education would notify the school district where the home is located that the student will be home-schooled.

More >> New bill would require DCFS to check homeschooling houses for signs of abuse

CCPD officer accused of posing as a CPS worker appears before a judge

A veteran Corpus Christi police officer accused of posing as a Child Protective Services worker appeared in court this morning.

CCPD Senior Officer Norma Deleon pleaded not guilty to charges of impersonating a public servant and official oppression during her arraignment.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Woman meets brother given up for adoption nearly 80 years ago

A family reunion took decades to occur, but social media helped a Pennsylvania woman meet the brother she hadn’t seen in more than 70 years.

Betty Housseal, 87, never got to know her brother, who was put up for adoption at just 3 months old.

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Will Grace Packer case put child welfare system on trial?

As the story of Grace Packer’s short life and horrific death plays out in a Bucks County courtroom in the coming weeks, jurors will be focused on Sara Packer and Jacob Sullivan, the two people accused in the 14-year-old’s rape and murder.

More >> Will Grace Packer case put child welfare system on trial?

Director of Ogden treatment center charged with child abuse

The director of a group home in Ogden has been charged with allegedly abusing one of the residents.

Allan David Falls, 38, of Lander, Wyoming, was charged Feb. 12 in Weber County Justice Court with child abuse, a class B misdemeanor.

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30-year-old mother commits suicide after social services take away her children

The second person has committed suicide this month in Belarus after the children were taken from the family. On February 5, a 32-year-old mother of three children from the Homiel region felt it was too much for her. On February 7, a 30-year-old mother of 4 children from Hrodna region hanged herself. Volha Czajczyc talked to the relatives of the deceased.

More >> 30-year-old mother commits suicide after social services take away her children

Southampton mother ran up £60,000 lawyers' bill in fight against city council for daughter

The lawyers' costs run up by the woman was revealed to judges at a Court of Appeal hearing.

Judge Edward Hess had decided that the girl should be removed from her home at a private family court hearing in Southampton nearly two years ago, a barrister said.

More >> Southampton mother ran up £60,000 lawyers' bill in fight against city council for daughter

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Washington handles runaway foster kids with handcuffs, shackles and jail. Is there a better way?

"I've done nothing wrong," said a 14-year-old after she landed in jail for the fourth time. Many agree, and are trying to stop Washington state from arresting runaway foster kids. The head of the agency responsible says he wants to, but faces a "moral conundrum."

More >> Washington handles runaway foster kids with handcuffs, shackles and jail. Is there a better way?

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Gov. Laura Kelly to cancel foster care contracts awarded by GOP predecessor

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly revealed the decision Thursday to cancel foster care and family preservation grants awarded during the administration of Gov. Jeff Colyer.

Kelly, who took office in January but had raised concerns about the Colyer administration’s decision to rush ahead in November with the grants, said the Kansas Department for Children and Families would rebid the state’s family preservation program and revise grants awarded to the state’s foster care contractors. The governor said she would address her predecessor’s lack of transparency and flawed process of selecting grant recipients.

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ACT child protection secrecy the 'most restrictive in the country'

Secrecy provisions relating to child welfare cases in ACT legislation are the most restrictive in the country and are working against those they're meant to protect, according to two Canberra barristers.

The convoluted legislation is more restrictive than in cases where it is crucial to protect an informant giving evidence in a trial against a murderer, a drug importer or a bikie gang, barrister Philip Walker, SC said.

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'There has to be more accountability': Flaws with family court can become costly and devastating

"This is not an isolated issue. It's not gender biased. It's not just Idaho. It's throughout our country," said Charlie Smith, who's been battling in Idaho's family courts for 16 years.

More >> 'There has to be more accountability': Flaws with family court can become costly and devastating

'I'm a desperate father who just wants to see my little girl again' - dad's appeal after ex vanishes with daughter

An Australian yoga teacher whose ex-partner vanished with their three-year-old daughter after flying to Britain has appealed for help from anyone with links to "alternative communities".

Peter Uhd, 57, said he believes Victoria McKay, 43, and Ruby McKay-Uhd are living in a camper van.

More >> 'I'm a desperate father who just wants to see my little girl again' - dad's appeal after ex vanishes with daughter

Mother wanted for refusing to turn child over to the Division of Family Services

Delaware State Police are looking for a 4-year-old girl and have issued an arrest warrant for her biological mother.

Troopers said 37-year-old Andrea Brickhouse failed to relinquish custody of her little girl to the Division of Family Services per a court order dated October 16, 2018. 

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Parents to fight ‘farming out’ of children to care homes far away

A group of parents are planning legal action to ensure their children are housed in residential care homes close to where they live. Their move comes as an MPs’ inquiry starts this week into the growing trend of local authorities to “farm out” vulnerable youngsters to homes far from their families, which they claim leaves them open to exploitation.

The challenge to the increasing use of out-of-borough placements of children in care is being led by a father whose teenage son was sent to a home in the Midlands, 130 miles from where he lived in south London, where he is under the care of Bromley social services.

More >> Parents to fight ‘farming out’ of children to care homes far away

Friday, February 15, 2019

Protesters march to NSW parliament against adoption laws

February 13, 2019. Protesters march from Sydney's Hyde Park to state parliament in a rally on the 11th anniversary of the National Apology to stolen generations. Kinchela Boys Home survivor Michael Welsh tears up as he speaks to the protest saying he was removed from his family when he was young and he is speaking out against new forced adoption laws to stop another generation going through the same pain. NSW Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Tania Mihailuk says if the Labor government wins at the state election they will repeal the laws. Under the new laws, birth parents will have two years to be reinstated as primary carers before an alternative permanent home is found, in a bid to prevent children bouncing between families for years on end.

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10-year-old Houston boy missing for 8 months after running away from CPS custody


Authorities are searching for a 10-year-old Houston boy who has been missing for nearly eight months after running away from CPS custody.

Ma'Lik Bates was last seen June 21, 2018 in the 6300 block of Rosemary Lane.

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A former foster dad, volunteer coach, religion teacher arrested on indecent behavior with juvenile



The Diocese of Baton Rouge alerted parents of students at east-side Catholic schools in Ascension Parish about the arrest Thursday of a church volunteer on counts of sexual battery and indecent behavior with juveniles, though it said it hadn't received any complaints about the man's behavior with anyone affiliated with the church.

Jerry Oubre, 52, a former foster father and also a former volunteer coach with a Gonzales softball league, has been suspended by the Diocese from his volunteer position and forbidden to visit the campus of St. Theresa of Avila Church in Gonzales.

More >> A former foster dad, volunteer coach, religion teacher arrested on indecent behavior with juvenile

Funding deal blocks ICE from arresting adults taking in undocumented children

A government funding deal that passed Congress late Thursday would block federal officers from arresting undocumented immigrants solely because they come forward to take in migrant children.

The constraint on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency comes after The Chronicle reported that the government had made scores of such arrests — including more than 100 people who were taken into custody from July through November despite having no criminal record. Immigrant and child welfare advocates had assailed the practice as endangering young people by keeping them in detention longer and by giving immigrants an incentive to conceal potential sponsors’ true identities.

More >> Funding deal blocks ICE from arresting adults taking in undocumented children

First stop for migrant kids: For-profit detention center

For a growing number of migrant children, this is their first home in America: a sprawling campus dotted with beige buildings, massive white tents and metal trailers, next door to a U.S. Air Force base.

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Man charged with sexually assaulting 2 kids at DCFS foster home



Cook County prosecutors accused 26-year-old Anthony E. White Jr. of sexually assaulting the girls while they and he were living in the foster home between January 2016 and May 2017.

White is the son of the foster mother whose care the girls were placed into and he was living at his mother’s home during the time of the assaults, prosecutors said. His arrest report indicated he most recently resided in Markham.

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Oregon Sending Foster Children To Facilities Accused Of Abuse

Last year, Washington state child welfare officials saw reports about widespread use of restraints and physical abuse at a residential treatment facility in Iowa where they were sending foster care children.

Washington stopped sending children to the for-profit Clarinda Academy.

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A consultant hired to review Maine’s child welfare system found these flaws

Early findings in a new report evaluating eight child welfare cases handled by Maine’s Office of Child and Family Services show a system-wide need for department improvements — a likely precursor for a more comprehensive report to come.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Social worker 'sent pictures of herself in her underwear to dad of foster child'



A social worker sent pictures of herself in her underwear to the foster parent of a child, a professional hearing has been told.

Lucy Bagnall befriended the foster carers while acting as their supervising social worker when they began fostering a child, a Social Care Wales fitness to practise panel heard.

New report details failures in Maine's child welfare response

From 90 minute call wait times to slow responses, a new report highlights the problems with Maine's child welfare office. WMTW News 8's Paul Merrill has more on what is detailed in the report.

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Philadelphia parents say social workers taking away their kids without reason



Miltreda Kress has been fighting to get her three teenage daughters back for well over a year. They were placed in foster care in 2017 after a report of child abuse and neglect from a Philadelphia social worker.

Though she’s repeatedly denied those allegations, Kress said the city’s Department of Human Services and Family Court system refuse to let her children return home.

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Family sues Dept. of Social Services for allegedly covering up child's troubling past


When Gregory and Anna Long got married, they had one major goal.

“Our goal was to adopt, until we couldn’t do it anymore,” said Gregory Long.

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Foster child death ruled accident, foster mother remains in custody

The autopsy of infant foster child Elizabeth Henson, who was found unresponsive at her foster home on December 29, has been ruled an accident.

Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office has determined the 5-month-old official cause of death as “asphyxia due to wedging.” A term to describe when someone suffocates from either lying face down or being lodged between a sleeping partner or surface. The official autopsy report was released to Kaufman County authorities late last week sources confirmed.

More >> Foster child death ruled accident, foster mother remains in custody

Inside The Largest And Most Controversial Shelter For Migrant Children In The U.S.

Thousands of migrant children continue to arrive at the Southern border every month, without their parents, to ask for asylum. The government sends many of them to an emergency intake shelter in South Florida. That facility has come under intense scrutiny because it's the only child shelter for immigrants that's run by a for-profit corporation and the only one that isn't overseen by state regulators.

The Homestead "temporary influx facility" is the biggest and most controversial shelter for migrant children in the country. Critics say the government is warehousing kids in a makeshift prison camp. But on a recent tour, the shelter director took pains to show a different perspective.

More >> Inside The Largest And Most Controversial Shelter For Migrant Children In The U.S.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Psychotropic Drug Bill Aims To Prevent Overprescription For Foster Youth

A bill to better regulate psychotropic medicine for youth in Indiana’s foster system passed out committee today.  The proposal aims to prevent overprescribing medication to young people for depression, anxiety or ADHD. 

Indiana University Health psychiatrist Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn says Indiana’s current policy obtains psychiatric consultation after a child may already have numerous prescriptions.  She testified in support of the bill that would loop in professional consult before prescription consent.

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Foster father convicted of sexually molesting child



Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen’s Child Abuse Unit obtained multiple convictions against a foster father who sexually abused a minor female.

David Lynn Richards, Jr., 41, was convicted of sexual battery by an authority figure, rape, statutory rape by an authority figure, sexual activity involving a minor and incest, according to a release from the district attorney's office.

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2017 shooting at social worker case upgraded to attempted murder

Christopher Lee Neal, 44, now faces more serious felony charges in Alamance County Superior Court from a 2017 incident when a Rockingham County social worker was shot at

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Minnesota lawmakers push to reduce foster placement of African-American children

Two Minnesota legislators reintroduced a bill Monday aimed at limiting out-of-home placements for African-American children and keep families involved in child protection cases together as much as possible. The so-called Minnesota African-American Family Preservation Act would also establish greater oversight when black children are moved to foster families.

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A small child is hard to miss: the trial against foster parents

Because it’s supposed to have his foster son brutally abused, a married couple since Tuesday in Mannheim before the court.

The 44-year-old woman and her man of the same age are prosecuted before the local court on suspicion of assault with abuse of wards. The then three-year-old Boy had been brought in September of 2017, after three-quarters of a year from the family and to the stationary treatment into a hospital.

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Investigation of CPS worker fired for falsification raises questions about agency records integrity

A Child Protective Services supervisor was terminated last month for allegedly falsifying government documents.

It's not clear if the ex-employee could face criminal charges, but experts say the incident raises broader concerns about the reliability of an electronic records system that courts rely on to make decisions about whether to remove children from their families.

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Buncombe County couple charged with abusing adopted child

Crystal and Ralph Burrell are charged with abusing their adopted child.

A criminal warrant released after both were arrested Thursday states the child was "denied food," appeared "emaciated" and "wasn't allowed to eat during the holidays because the child was being punished."

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

8 Separated Migrant Families Demand $6 Million Each in Damages From U.S. Agencies

Eight immigrant families demanded millions of dollars in damages Monday from the Trump administration for separating them, including a Guatemalan woman who alleged an officer said her 5-year-old son would be taken and then taunted, “Happy Mother’s Day.”

In claims filed with the U.S. government Monday, the parents accused immigration officers of taking their children away without giving them information and sometimes mocking them or denying them a chance to say goodbye. The claims allege that many children remain traumatized even after being reunited with their parents, including a 7-year-old girl who won’t sleep without her mother and a 6-year-old boy who is reluctant to eat.

More >> 8 Separated Migrant Families Demand $6 Million Each in Damages From U.S. Agencies




Mother accuses DCFS of failing her daughter

A mother has accused the child protection agency of failing to help her 15-year-old daughter, who ended up involved in drugs and became the subject of a string of cases in Family Court.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, added that the Department of Child and Family Services had attempted to blame her for its “incompetence”.

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LGBT Activists Teaching Judges To Yank Kids From Parents Who Won’t Transgender Them

On Thursday, the Health and Human Services committee of the South Dakota House killed a bill that would have protected the right of parents to refuse to consent to medical or psychological treatment for a child suffering from gender dysphoria if the treatment “would induce, confirm, or promote the child’s belief that the child’s sex or gender identity is different from the child’s sex presented at birth.” Proposed House Bill 1205 also provided that “no public authority or official of this state may take any adverse action against a parent for exercising this right.”

That such a simple affirmation of parental rights could not clear a committee in this solidly red state should terrify parents, as it lays bare transgender activists’ plan: use the government to force parents to affirm a false sex for their child, agree to hormone blockers, and accept a transition to their son or daughter’s preferred gender. If parents refuse? Removal of the child from the family, due to alleged medical neglect.

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2 Senate bills up for hearings will help ease financial burdens of kinship fostering

Child advocates have been seeking better support for relatives and family friends who help foster children, and Arizona lawmakers now have the chance to answer that plea with two Senate bills up for hearings later this week.

The grandparents, neighbors, aunts and uncles tasked with caring for a child unexpectedly are not well supported, said Dana Naimark, president of the state’s Children’s Action Alliance. Many don’t hear about the financial support they could get, or find they have to do the research themselves and then wait after filling out an application.

More >> 2 Senate bills up for hearings will help ease financial burdens of kinship fostering

Monday, February 11, 2019

Bill in New Mexico Legislature would create databank to track children’s welfare

After years of hand-wringing over worst-in-the-nation poverty levels and education rankings, reports repeatedly declaring New Mexico “the worst place to raise a family,” a persistent opioid epidemic and a rising prison population, policymakers are pushing legislation they say will finally lead to solutions.

Without the Child and Family Databank Act, one researcher said, the state won’t ever be able to solve its woes, largely rooted in multigenerational poverty.

More >> Bill in New Mexico Legislature would create databank to track children’s welfare

MISMANAGEMENT ALLEGED THROUGHOUT MONTANA’S CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES

Montana’s Child and Family Services Division is tasked with safeguarding the wellbeing of some of the society’s most vulnerable citizens, but in recent months the agency has been criticized by sources who claim longstanding mismanagement has fostered a broken system.

Nearly 20 sources with knowledge of Northwestern Division VI of Child and Family Services in Kalispell and other offices in Montana say over the years employees have had to maneuver a system that consistently fails to uphold its purpose, namely keeping children safe and families strong. They claim those suffering the most are children, who are sometimes unnecessarily taken from their homes and families by Child and Family Services. Many sources interviewed chose to remain anonymous, and to protect their identities, the Daily Inter Lake will not divulge names of those who currently work with Child and Family Services.

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1,300 children died in adoption homes in 5 years

The government informed Parliament on Friday that a total number of 1265 adopted kids died in India over the last 5 years.

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Saturday, February 09, 2019

Reuniting migrant children with families would require extraordinary effort, White House says

The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed.

Jonathan White, who leads the Health and Human Services Department's efforts to reunite migrant children with their parents, said removing children from "sponsor" homes to rejoin their parents "would present grave child welfare concerns." He said the government should focus on reuniting children currently in its custody, not those who have already been released to sponsors.

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Abuse suspect to remain free before trial

A former foster parent accused of sexually abusing multiple young girls under his care will remain out of custody as he awaits what could be several trials.

Clarence Garcia, 65, is facing 13 felony charges tied to incidents that took place over a span of six years and involved six children, according to court documents.

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Helena-area man sues Montana, saying his foster mother raped him

A Helena-area man who said his former foster mother repeatedly raped him as a teen is suing the state of Montana for placing him in her home.

The lawsuit filed in Lewis and Clark County District Court Wednesday accuses the state of Montana and its Department of Public Health and Human Services of negligence and negligent supervision.

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Woman charged with sex assault of minors worked at male CAS group-home at time of alleged offences

The Belleville Ont., woman who was charged with several sex-related crimes involving minors worked at a Children’s Aid Society youth group home at the time of her alleged offences.

On Thursday, Belleville police charged 48-year-old Sandra Forcier of Belleville with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual exploitation of a youth under the age of 18 and one count of sexual interference.

More >> Woman charged with sex assault of minors worked at male CAS group-home at time of alleged offences

Judge dismisses lawsuit against foster couple in infant's death

A Calhoun County judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against a pair of foster parents in Saks.

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Arrested CCPD officer allegedly impersonated a CPS caseworker


According to a felony case indictment obtained by 3News, a Corpus Christi Police Department officer who was arrested Thursday allegedly posed as a Child Protective Services case worker in order to perform a welfare check on a child.

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Buncombe County couple charged with abusing adopted child


Crystal and Ralph Burrell are charged with abusing their adopted child.

A criminal warrant released after both were arrested Thursday states the child was "denied food," appeared "emaciated" and "wasn't allowed to eat during the holidays because the child was being punished."

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Friday, February 08, 2019

Galesburg foster parent to face trial for sexual assault of a foster child

A former Galesburg foster parent in being extradited from Arizona to face trial on charges that he sexually assaulted a foster child under his care.

The Knox County Sheriff says they have arranged for Dennis K. Donnelly, 70, to be extradited from Arizona to the Knox County Jail.

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Proposed bill would give Kentucky children in foster care a right to see their siblings

The bill would allow siblings in state custody, removed from their home and not jointly placed the right to visit one another as long as there is no safety concern.

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Portland foster care operator guilty of stealing nearly $1 million

A federal jury has found a Portland woman guilty of stealing nearly $1 million from her foster care agency that was primarily funded by state and federal governments.

Mary Holden Ayala was also found guilty Thursday of money laundering and filing false income tax returns.

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Former head of foster care agency found guilty of embezzling nearly $1 million

A federal jury Thursday found Mary Holden Ayala guilty of stealing nearly $1 million from an Oregon foster agency that she had led as president and executive director.

Ayala, 59, who ran the private foster care agency Give Us This Day from 2008 through 2015, was found guilty of multiple counts of theft, money laundering and filing false personal income tax returns after an eight-day trial before U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez.

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Biased Algorithms Are Determining Whether Poor Parents Get to Keep Their Kids

Poor people give away a lot of information. If you’ve never lived under the poverty line, you might not be aware how much of our personal privacy we trade away for basic benefits such as food stamps, health insurance, and utility discounts. It’s not just Social Security numbers and home addresses, which are required as part of these applications; it includes health histories, household incomes, living expenses, and employment histories. Most people shrug off this exchange: What good is personal data when you have no money and terrible credit anyway — especially when you don’t really have a choice?

But after decades of collecting this data, the government is putting it to use. This information is feeding algorithms that decide everything from whether or not you get health insurance to how much time you spend in jail. Increasingly, it is helping determine whether or not parents get to keep their kids.

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Hawaii Pays $585k to Settle Foster Care Sex Abuse Claims

Hawaii is set to pay $585,000 to settle a sex abuse lawsuit filed on behalf of two former foster children abused by their system appointed parent.  The lawsuit was filed in 2014 and alleged the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) officials should have known that caregiver Florentino Rio was unfit.

Rio was convicted of sexually assaulting three boys who lived with him in the two-year span from 2009 to 2011.  The lawsuit subsequent filed on behalf of two said that DHHS was negligent in looking into the matter.  The man initially went by the name Zack Morris when he relocated to the state from New York and later changed his name.  A background check under his new name as part of the foster parent licensing process in 2008 “did not uncover any information” that raised concern about his suitability.

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The Clinton's have bread a monster

Like mother like daughter.  Gross.

Clinton added: “We finally really do know what works,” Clinton said during the panel. “We really do know kind of what works, from how best to support young people, whether they’re in child welfare services, they’re in foster care, they’re going to be adopted or they’re on probation in the juvenile system.”

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Official Responsible for Reuniting Families Gave Warning That Separating Children From Parents Causes Trauma

The Health and Human Services official responsible for helping to reunite families separated by the Trump administration said Thursday he had warned colleagues that separating children from their parents would cause lasting, serious psychological trauma.

Commander Jonathan White of the U.S. Public Health Service testified before a House subcommittee looking into the “zero-tolerance policy” last April that resulted in the separation of more than 2,700 children. He served as the deputy director for the office that oversees migrant children, and was brought back from another post to oversee reunification efforts.

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When Schools Use Child Protective Services As A Weapon Against Parents

Tiffany Banks sat in her living room, a ruby-red wall decorated with family photographs behind her, listing all the ways her life had unraveled over the past year. Her 6-year-old son had been removed from her care for more than a month. She was forced to close an in-home child care business, and she’d been temporarily displaced from her preschool teaching job, which she’d held for 17 years. Her teenage daughter refused to talk to the 6-year-old, blaming him for the family’s troubles.

Banks didn’t blame her little boy. She blamed his school, and the investigators from the state’s child welfare agency they’d sent to her door.

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Family reunion: Labrador siblings adopted in different families reunited after five decades

It’s nearly impossible not to smile when you see photos of Lorraine Shiwak meeting her biological brother - Daren Ackerson of Oak Ridge, New Jersey - for the first time.

Shiwak, 53, lives along the Quebec Lower North Shore but grew up in Rigolet. She has been searching for her brother for decades.

More >> Family reunion: Labrador siblings adopted in different families reunited after five decades

Bethany: Migrant children still being separated from parents at border

An executive from a Michigan foster services agency says migrant children are still being separated from their families at the Southern border, and that Trump administration policies are making it difficult to reunite them.

The vice president of the Grand Rapids-based Bethany Christian Services said her agency cared for 108 migrant children forcibly separated under the administration's policy. Staffers worked "diligently" to locate their families and reunited them within 54 days on average. 

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Cindy McCain Has Apologized After Falsely Accusing A Woman At An Airport Of Child Trafficking



Cindy McCain has apologized for telling a radio station she saved a toddler from becoming a victim of human trafficking last month after Phoenix police refuted her story.

McCain, the widow of Arizona Sen. John McCain, spoke with KTAR on Monday, explaining that people should alert police if they see any signs of possible human trafficking, adding that she had encountered one days earlier.


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‘Political suicide’ if Liberals don’t give First Nations full jurisdiction over child welfare, say leaders

First Nation leaders in B.C. and Saskatchewan say resistance from several provinces and the Trudeau government’s recent cabinet shuffle are jeopardizing the federal Liberals’ planned child welfare legislation.

Leaders within the First Nations Summit in B.C., and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) in Saskatchewan tell APTN News they believe resistance from Saskatchewan, Ontario, and likely others, coupled with the removal of Jane Philpott as Indigenous Services minister and Jody Wilson-Raybould as Justice minister and Attorney General, are key factors in what could be the imminent demise of one of the government’s key promises to Indigenous peoples.

More >> ‘Political suicide’ if Liberals don’t give First Nations full jurisdiction over child welfare, say leaders

Trump defends rights of faith-based adoption agencies at prayer breakfast

Touting efforts to protect religious freedom, President Donald Trump told the National Prayer Breakfast that his administration would defend the right of faith-based adoption agencies to place children in families based on firmly held religious beliefs.

“We will always protect our country’s proud tradition of faith-based adoption,” Trump said. “My administration is working to ensure that faith-based adoption agencies are able to help vulnerable children find their forever families while following their deeply held beliefs.”

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The Little-Known Tragedy of Forced Adoptions in East Germany

When Uwe Mai thinks about his childhood, he sees the Saale River. Bending gently, it flowed past his parents' home in Calbe just south of Magdeburg. He only had to dash across the road and down some steps to reach the riverbank, lined with big old trees to climb and rocks to skip across the water.

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

DEMOCRATIC-CONTROLLED HOUSE TO START OVERSIGHT HEARINGS ON TRUMP FAMILY SEPARATION AGENDA

Tomorrow, Feb.7, the new House Democratic majority will hold its first hearing on the inhumane Trump family separation policy in the Energy and Commerce Committee, an opportunity to finally hold the administration accountable for family separation and its lingering effects.

Then, on Feb. 12, the House Judiciary Committee will also hold a hearing on family separation with several government witnesses directly involved in decision-making and implementation of the policy.

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LEMON POPPY SEED BREAD SNACK TRIGGERED CHILD SERVICES INVESTIGATION, MOTHER SAYS

A New York mother said a quick stop at a Tim Horton’s for a slice of lemon poppy seed bread on the way to the hospital to deliver her baby started an 8-week child protective services investigation.

Jamie Silakowski gave birth to her daughter, Hunter, on Oct. 16.

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Former Galesburg foster parent faces child sex charges



A former Galesburg foster parent is being returned to Knox County this week after being charged with a sex crime from three decades ago.

The Illinois State Police announced via a news release Wednesday afternoon that Dennis K. Donnelly, 70, was arrested Oct. 15, 2018, in Phoenix, where he now resides, on a Knox County warrant for aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly sexually abusing a foster child under the age of 13 in Galesburg in the mid-1980s.

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CFS agencies need to focus more on keeping families together than on apprehensions says former case worker

Today’s InFocus was the last in a three-part series putting the child welfare system under the microscope.

Natasha Reimer spent her entire life bounced from foster home to foster home when she was apprehended as a young girl from an unsafe home.

More >> CFS agencies need to focus more on keeping families together than on apprehensions says former case worker

Too many N.J. teens leave foster care homeless and unemployed

Too many young adults who “aged out” of the New Jersey’s foster care system in the first half of 2018 had not yet enrolled in school, landed a job or found a reliable place to live, according to the latest report by a national expert evaluating child welfare services in the state.

The latest report, delivered to U.S. District Court Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark Tuesday, reflects the first six months of the Murphy administration’s work toward improving New Jersey’s child welfare services, which was once considered among the nation’s most dysfunctional.

More >> Too many N.J. teens leave foster care homeless and unemployed

Council gave personal data of adopted parents to children’s birth mother

The family, who have asked not to be named, fear Suffolk County Council’s error could allow the biological parents to track them down and take the children away.

They have installed CCTV, darkened windows and put up fences at their home – and launched a legal fight for compensation so they can relocate with new identities.

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Cruelty in the name of 'child welfare'

In 2016, about one out of every 10 children in the country were reported as suspected victims of abuse or neglect. After an investigation, fewer than a tenth of those reports were substantiated. Our child welfare system, most seem to agree, touches many more children than is necessary. So how do we protect the 1 in 100 kids who are being abused or neglected while at the same time keeping government from intervening in the private lives of innocent families?

In Diane Redleaf’s new book, They Took the Children Last Night, the lawyer and family advocate suggests that our system has tilted too far in the direction of keeping children safe at all costs and too far from the idea that removing children from their families for any length of time also comes with its own set of risks. “Proof beyond a reasonable doubt may be too high a threshold,” she writes, “but operating under a principle of ‘when in doubt, take them out’ is, if anything, worse.”

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

'We trusted her' to protect children

On Tuesday, Niagara County Social Services Commissioner Anthony J. Restaino granted 2 On Your Side an extensive interview regarding the recent arrest of a North Tonawanda woman who -- less than a year after being named as Niagara County’s foster mother of the year -- was charged with abusing one of the children placed in her care.

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Jerry Sandusky denied new trial, will be resentenced in sexual abuse case

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was denied a new trial Tuesday, but a Pennsylvania appeals court ordered him to be resentenced for his 45-count child molestation convictions.

Sandusky, 75, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in 2012. The Superior Court panel, however, said that the mandatory minimums were not improperly applied.

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Man To Sue Parents For Giving Birth To Him Without Consent

The parent-child dynamic will always be a tricky one to manoeuvre; aside from the usual minefield of unwashed dishes, puberty-driven petulance and feeling misunderstood by your mum and dad, there’s a constant rumbling battle between a child who is fighting for autonomy and independence from the very people who gave them the life needed to do so.

But there’s a small but determined movement fighting the literal people power of parental procreation. In simple terms, those who support the child-free movement do not want you to have kids.

More >> Man To Sue Parents For Giving Birth To Him Without Consent

Report: Missing Migrant Children Being Funneled Through Christian Adoption Agency

The Trump administration says it can’t reunite missing migrant children with their families; instead, many of the children are being shipped to a Christian adoption agency with ties to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

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NEW TEXTLINE ALLOWS KIDS IN MISSOURI TO REPORT ABUSE

Missouri will be used as a test state for a new text line that could make reporting child abuse easier.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline launched the first emergency text line in Missouri on February 1 to encourage young people to report child abuse.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Trump Administration: Reuniting the Families We Separated Would Be ‘Disruptive’

Back in June, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the Trump administration to reunite the families that had been separated as a result of their zero tolerance policy. The ACLU originally brought the case and has been representing the plaintiffs in ongoing hearings before the district court in Southern California.  The most recent filing by the administration is nothing short of shockingly deplorable.

More >> Trump Administration: Reuniting the Families We Separated Would Be ‘Disruptive’

WA FOSTER KIDS SENT TO OUT-OF-STATE GROUP HOMES WITH CHECKERED RECORDS

Just three days after arriving at the Clarinda Academy in rural Iowa, Jesus Lopez lay unmoving in his bed, bruises across his forehead, arms, legs and back. Investigators would later report that staffers at the group home for foster kids and other troubled youths had repeatedly picked up the 17-year-old, dropped him onto his buttocks and pushed him forward until his face hit the floor.

Lopez says he blacked out. He remembers a nurse trying to wake him. One of the workers who had restrained Lopez told investigators he had checked on Lopez throughout the night, concerned because the boy didn’t move for hours.

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Oregon Ships Foster Care Children To Other States — And The Number Is Growing

Child Welfare officials offered welcome news last fall in a report to Gov. Kate Brown: It had been weeks since they placed a foster child in a hotel.

The development was an improvement for the state Department of Human Services, which weathered a firestorm of criticism and a civil lawsuit in 2016 after it was revealed Oregon foster care children were being placed in hotel rooms.

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Manistee man charged for threatening CPS worker

John Richards, 40, of Manistee, is facing jail time after he allegedly threatened a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) employee.

Richards was arrested by Michigan State Police Cadillac Post troopers at his residence on Jan. 29.

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Foster Mom of the Year charged with child abuse


Less than a year after being honored, North Tonawanda's Kathleen Jackson has been stripped of her ability to provide foster care after being charged with beating a toddler placed in her care.

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Foster mother, 56, who was chasing one of her children down the road was killed by a Good Samaritan driver who ran her over while trying to intervene thinking she was being robbed

A foster mum was killed by a Good Samaritan who reversed her car to help save her from what she believed was a robbery.

Sandra Lee was chasing a male who was carrying a backpack down a street in Batley, West Yorks, when passing driver Sian Humphrey lost control of her car and collided with the 56-year-old.

More >> Foster mother, 56, who was chasing one of her children down the road was killed by a Good Samaritan driver who ran her over while trying to intervene thinking she was being robbed

Niagara Falls man dies in hospital after being attacked by his foster child



A 52-year-old Niagara Falls man is that city’s third homicide of the year.

Tony Paonessa, described by family as “the good guy”, died Friday in hospital as a result of injuries he sustained after being attacked at his home.

More >> Niagara Falls man dies in hospital after being attacked by his foster child




Monday, February 04, 2019

Foster home on Jacksonville's Westside closes amidst DCF investigation


The i.K.A.R.E. Youth and Family Services facility has been under investigation since its director was accused of covering up a suspected act of child molestation.

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Parents Reminded To Be Careful On Social Media During Custody Battles

Parents are being reminded of the dangers of social media when it comes to custody battles, with some cases being impacted by emotional Facebook posts and secret filming of partners and children.

One instance that has come to light in cases is where custody has been lost due to inappropriate Facebook posts seeming to joke about violence.

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SC parents work to reconnect with toddler son after child abuse probe pulled them apart

Foxx was just 2 months old when the state Department of Social Services whisked him away in May 2017 after a variety of broken bones in his body led to suspicions of child abuse. Then, a judge unexpectedly returned him to his parents Wednesday after a medical expert testified that the boy’s injuries resulted from a bone-weakening case of nutritional rickets, not physical abuse.

More >> SC parents work to reconnect with toddler son after child abuse probe pulled them apart

Hundreds of orphans buried by Scots charity

St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Aberlour, Morayshire.



SHOCKING details of unmarked common graves at a Scottish orphanage can be revealed today, raising questions for the country's largest children's charity. More than 230 children are buried without headstones in the cemetery at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Aberlour, Morayshire.

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6 years in prison for woman who had sex with adopted son

A Florida woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for having sex with a 17-year-old boy she adopted.

was sentenced Thursday and was given the designation of a sex offender. Earlier this month, she entered a no contest plea to a charge of sexual battery on a minor.

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Pictured: ‘Paedophile lies next to foster daughter he used as BAIT to help him rape 29 children more than 1,000 times at German caravan park’


A German man arrested on suspicion of the rape of 29 children over 1,000 times in a caravan park has been pictured for the first time - lying next to his foster daughter who he reportedly used as bait to prey on other children.

Andreas V., 56, is said to have used his seven-year-old foster daughter to lure young girls and boys to his run-down holiday home at the Eichwald caravan park in Luegde, in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Poppy seeds trigger child abuse case against WNY mom


“A doctor came into my room, that was the first time a doctor had come to my room and said, 'Just so you know, you failed your drug test, is there anything you took?'” Silakowski recounted.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Woman sentenced in adoption scheme



A judge has sentenced a Woodworth woman to more than four years in prison for promising to help people with adoptions.

Betty Jo Krenz took money from an Oregon couple, but never followed through with the adoption. Krenz entered guilty pleas to misdemeanor and felony theft while a third charge of misuse of identifying information was dismissed.

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Saturday, February 02, 2019

Criminal Trial of Former Foster Care Provider Mary Holden Ayala Begins in Federal Court

What is expected to be a two-week trial of Mary Holden Ayala, the former executive director of the now-defunct Portland foster care agency Give Us This Day, began Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court in Portland.

The first witness called by federal prosecutors: former Sen. Margaret Carter (D-Portland), a longtime Give Us This Day board member.

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Shelter runaways being pulled into human trafficking



The problems at Davenport Shelter began long before a 15-year-old girl was allegedly raped after running away from the state licensed housing facility for troubled girls on Detroit’s east side.

According to state records, The Department of Health and Human Services launched a number of special investigations into the shelter dating back to 2011.

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SC toddler returned to parents after judge finds no merit to abuse allegations

A young boy seized from his Johns Island home during a 2017 abuse investigation is back with his parents after a medical expert convinced a Charleston County judge the child’s multiple broken bones resulted from a case of rickets, according to attorneys for the family.

Rickets results from an extreme deficiency of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. It causes children to have soft, weak or deformed bones. And that’s what led to more than a dozen fractures throughout the boy’s infant body that sparked authorities’ suspicions and tore the family apart for nearly two years, their attorneys said.

More >> SC toddler returned to parents after judge finds no merit to abuse allegations

Trump administration defends efforts to identify and reunify separated children

The Trump administration defended its efforts to identify and reunify migrant children who had been separated from their undocumented parents along the US-Mexico border in a response to a court order filed Friday.

US District Judge Dana Sabraw had ordered the administration to respond to a Health and Human Services Department inspector general report as part of an ongoing family separation lawsuit, Ms. L et al. vs. Immigration and Customs Enforcement et al, by Friday.

More >> Trump administration defends efforts to identify and reunify separated children

Polk child welfare worker had over 165 files of child pornography, deputies say



A Polk County man arrested on charges of possession of child pornography in December 2018 received an additional 165 possession charges Thursday.

Officials from the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old William Smith, of Bartow, on Dec. 21. Bartow is a former counselor at Youth and Family Alternatives, which contracts with the Florida Department of Children and Families.

More >> Polk child welfare worker had over 165 files of child pornography, deputies say

‘I promised I would never leave her side’: Saskatchewan parent fights for child to be returned from social services

Indigenous parents dealing with the child welfare system say the system is not helping them keep their families together.

Approximately 70 per cent of the children in Saskatchewan’s child welfare system are Indigenous.

More >> ‘I promised I would never leave her side’: Saskatchewan parent fights for child to be returned from social services

Social Media Impacts Divorce and Custody Cases

Most people keep their cell phones within reaching distance, and post on social media without thinking too carefully. It can be a very risky habit; sharing pictures, personal information, and other details is often done without considering possible aftereffects. As the popularity of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other platforms grow, a new field opened that focused on using social media posts as digital evidence. This information can be legally used to prove a spouse’s actions in court.

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PA auditor general to probe bureau handling child-abuse appeals

Calling it a “shadow justice system,” Pennsylvania’s auditor general said Thursday that his office will investigate a bureau within the state Department of Human Services tasked with hearing child abuse appeals and cases involving 280 other issues.

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PAINFUL BOMBSHELL Ever since I was told that I was adopted, my life has fallen apart

I am 28 and two years ago I discovered my parents adopted me as a baby.

They later adopted my “brother” who is two years younger than me but we are not actually related either.

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Friday, February 01, 2019

CBeebies to have Will Young read children 'bedtime story' about gay adoption as he says 'inclusivity must start at youngest age possible'

ill Young is due to read a story about same-sex parents on CBeebies, the BBC's children's channel, explaining that "inclusivity must start at youngest age possible"

The singer is due to appear on the channel's popular Bedtime Stories show, broadcast at 6.50pm every night, in order to mark LGBT history month.


More >> CBeebies to have Will Young read children 'bedtime story' about gay adoption as he says 'inclusivity must start at youngest age possible'

Adopted father charged with sexual assault after daughter is found in Wisconsin



A 14-year-old girl who disappeared from Tennessee more than two weeks ago has been found alive in Wisconsin and her father is now charged with rape, authorities said Thursday.

The girl is "doing fine," Sheriff Tommy Jones of Monroe County, Tennessee, said Thursday.

More >> Adopted father charged with sexual assault after daughter is found in Wisconsin

Fired Tacoma cops accused of telling woman to beat 9-year-old plead not guilty to assault

Two fired Tacoma police officers pleaded not guilty Friday to charges they told a Tacoma woman to beat her 9-year-old grandson with a belt.

Damion Birge and Jesse Jahner are both charged with third-degree child assault, coercion and official misconduct in Pierce County Superior Court.

More >> Fired Tacoma cops accused of telling woman to beat 9-year-old plead not guilty to assault

Maine father pardoned, cleared of wrongdoing after being accused of abusing infant son

A Maine father has been pardoned nearly five years after being accused of abusing his infant son.

Brandon Ross had said a medical condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome was the cause of his son's injuries. It is a genetic condition that causes bones to be abnormally susceptible to fractures.

More >> Maine father pardoned, cleared of wrongdoing after being accused of abusing infant son

Foster mom 'chained up teenage daughter for three days'

A Worcester mother found herself in the dock on two counts of child abuse on Thursday after she "disciplined" two teenage girls for creating "lust-inducing" Facebook pages.

The woman, a 52-year-old who lives with her biological daughter and 11 foster children, allegedly chained up her 16-year-old foster daughter for three days. The second child-abuse charge related to daily "hidings" the woman allegedly inflicted on her 15-year-old biological daughter.

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Governor Backs DCYF Director After No Confidence Vote

A spokesperson for Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says the governor has "full confidence" in the director of the Department of Children, Youth and Families after union workers issued a vote of no confidence.

Union president Kathy McElroy previously said the group voted overwhelmingly against DCYF Director Trista Piccola Wednesday, citing staffing issues and the recent death of a 9-year-old girl.

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DCF former employee sentenced for possession of child pornography



A former employee of the Department of Children and Families has been sentenced for possessing child pornography.

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Mom pepper-sprayed caseworker to abduct daughter, Indio police say

A woman who police say abducted her teenage daughter from an Indio mental health facility and pepper-sprayed a caseworker was at large.
Police said they believe Latasha Dove could be traveling to the Long Beach or Los Angeles area. Both Dove and the girl are from Long Beach, police said.
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